Scripture to consider Psalm 150
Wednesday afternoons at two o’c is the weekly meeting for New Beginnings which is a peer support group for people dealing with mental health issues or who have individuals in there personal network who are struggling with mental health. When the group began two years ago the leaders were advised not to use the Bible or to emphasize Jesus Christ as
this would tend to make people feel excluded who did not believe. Coupled with the doubts that were expressed over the leaders ascerttions that recovery from mental illness is possible especially through the power and Word of God there were some seemingly grave obsticles to over come right from the start of the group. Well, … here’s the thing I need to share with you today.
I was waiting for the group to begin about four weeks ago. Usually one of the ladies who attends the meeting starts us off with a few songs. I went to the washroom to get ready for the start of the meeting and heard the group singing in the main room. I thought I was a bit late and they had already started so I hurried to return so as not to disrupt the rest of the activities and discovered that the people who had come for the New Beginnings group had started singing together spontaneously. Remember that some of these people are dealing with fairly severe mental illnesses. Remember that when we first met some of these people they would not talk to us beyond hi and bye. Remember that some of them are living in assisted living situations and if you were to ask some of us who help on Wednesday afternoon if we ever saw ourselves involved with people like this on a regular basis you might have gotten a very different answer before the New Beginnings as opposed to the fact that now this afternoon meeting is one of the highlights of the week for those who serve. Perhaps it goes without saying that it touched my heart deeply to hear them sing. I could clearly hear them from the back in the washroom and I am sure that the kitchen staff of Spit Fire Arms next door could hear them as well. If I have ever wished to see transformed lives I need only call to mind how many of these precious people have learned, changed, grown in their relationships and come to enjoy helping in other areas within the church and community. They reminded me of Psalm 150 which encourages everything that has breath to praise the Lord. Through the teaching of Biblical principles and a generous does of love we are watching change from the inside out. Good work New beginnings. Keep it up.